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Original Joe's

601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
+1 415-775-4877
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (20 reviews)
“ravioli” (55 reviews)
“steak” (55 reviews)
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's my second time dining here and again I wasn't disappointed. The restaurant is always busy so I book using Open Table. Upon arrival my table was ready and we sat down immediately. The waiter was friendly and efficient and took our order promptly. Food...More

Thank tomellis6680
Reviewed 4 days ago

So many old restaurants fade away, but happily, this one remains! Attentive service and great food. We ordered filet mignon, NY strip steak and swordfish with lobster butter, all well prepared. The bar is also welcoming and local sports are broadcast. Different menu and approach...More

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stopped by here because our Silver Lion Tours guide, Andre, said it was one of his favorites. We were seated quickly at 5:30 pm, got the house red wine and ordered. I had the best spaghetti and meat sauce ever. My husband got pasta with...More

Thank LynnMedina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had reservation for 16 people for dinner. Arrived early- they accommodated and took great care of us. Calamari and spinach dip was great for appetizers. Sole, spaghetti, chicken Marsala, pasta dinners, and lasagna were all great. Wait staff was attentive. Super interaction of wait staff...More

Thank Dan R
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my two go to places in SF for Southern Italian food. Don't miss the veal parm...lasagna, eggplant parm, Caesar salad also stellar. Burger is legendary.

Thank Jeffrey Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had spaghetti and meatballs and it was excellent. Can't remember what everyone else had, but they all thought their meals were very good. Service was excellent. Overall a great meal.

Thank JHB191
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very lovely local recommended Original Joes to us. We phoned in for reservation, got taken in right on time and seated right opposite views of the park. Lovely. The very nice waitress recommended a cocktail,and was very knowledgeable about the menu. THe Friday Chowder...num!...More

Thank Gail A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place. Good service, friendly waiters and quality food. I had a porterhouse, it was slightly over the medium rare that I asked for, but tasted so good that I didn't care. Recommended.

Thank Jager223
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here at our tour guide's suggestion. Service was fantastic, the food was good, portions were very generous. It was a very enjoyable experience.

Thank MarineMom201
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I ate dinner here while on our vacation in San Francisco. We booked the table on OpenTable which was convenient. We arrived to find a restaurant that was in full swing -- the place was packed, the noise level deafening, and the...More

Thank SpartaBrian
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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Ro D
16 July 2017|
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Response from Jmc5606903 | Reviewed this property |
If there is anything gluten free, it's not noted on the menu as I recall and from checking on line. You could contact them at 415-775-4877 or info@bit.ly/2vH7oEJ. San Francisco is one of the best towns in terms of menu... More
25 February 2017|
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Response from Mercedes6623 | Reviewed this property |
During our visit, the clientele were definitely an older crowd. There may have been children in the other dining room; I really do not know. No one minds dining with children who really know how to behave. Where this is... More
25 February 2017|
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Response from alanclare | Reviewed this property |
I would say no. People get very drunk there and the food mimics the US so is rather gimmicky.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2812
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-4877
Original Joe’s is the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience. A fabric of the City for 75 years, it is located in the heart of the historic and majestic North Beach, a mecca for natives, tourists, and culinary aficionados alike. Original Joe’s is the oldest of all existing Joe’s restaurants in the country and is the innovator of what is now nationally known as the “Joe’s Concept”. With its signature red leather booths, legendary smooth cocktails, and renowned Italian American menu, Joe’s has come to signify its own Northern Californian category of food and symbolizes classic Italian American comfort food at its finest.
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